Reigning world champions Invictus Gaming are yet to drop a single game at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. iG had another clean run today, beating Flash Wolves and Phong Vu Buffalo to extend their score to 6-0.
iG on the path to 10-0, guarantee playoffs
Of the two, the LMS champions did their very best to threaten iG’s spotless record. FW held the gold lead for 29 minutes after they beat Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok’s Kennen bloody. When Flash Wolves’ nexus eventually fell, the best top laner of the world sat at 1/8/9 KDA and was little more than a Slicing Maelstrom stun bot at that point.
But current-form iG are a team that if one lane fails — even if it’s TheShy’s — there are two others which can step up. Song “Rookie” Eui-jin’s Ryze set up a Baron sneak through Realm Warp to win some breathing room for iG and from there, Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo’s fed Kai’sa cleared house.
So far, every other team at MSI has played iG and all of them have lost. Although there have been close games, the LPL champions have come back from massive deficits to remain undefeated. At this rate, iG are well on their way to an unprecedented 10-0 record at MSI groups and potentially secure the hat-trick: Worlds, LPL, and MSI titles all in a row.
SKT unconvincing, G2 with a top lane Pyke
The game that will be talked about the most today is the second face-off between SK Telecom and G2 Esports. G2 won the first encounter by choking SKT’s high-scaling Azir composition and the LCK champions showed they hadn’t really learned their lesson.
SKT once again drafted an Azir for Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok but that was the least of their problems. In what many thought to be a “troll” pick, Martin “Wunder” Hansen locked a top lane Pyke — a draft curve ball if there ever was one.
After a poor start to the lane and giving away two kills, Pyke eventually came online and the time to farm creeps was over; Wunder was now farming champions.
Wunder’s outstanding performance pushed G2 to the temporary second place in the standings and dropped SKT to third with a balanced 3-3 score. Faker and co. look unconvincing in their best-of-1’s so far, however, and although they’re still on track to make playoffs, changes to their playstyle are needed if they don’t want to go home on semifinal elimination.
Team Liquid in danger as Flash Wolves advance
Based on teams’ performance after days 1 and 2, this is what most fans and experts expected to happen: iG would finish 1st, SKT and G2 would fight it out for 2nd and Team Liquid will take the uncontested 4th, as per tradition. But now, even that is under question for the LCS winners.
TL recorded two losses today to drop to a 2-4 score, tying them with Flash Wolves at 4th place. Liquid not only failed to match and beat a struggling SKT playing a similar style, but also dropped the series against the Wolves themselves.
This should make NA fans worried for the remaining four games of Liquid. Tomorrow, they’re playing not just iG — a game they are very likely to lose — but also PVB, a team that stood well against iG on day 1 and even beat G2 earlier today. Flash Wolves, on the other hand, are getting better and better and finding their stride, looking to make their fifth MSI playoffs in a row.
Like SKT, TL need to reinvent themselves in the short time they’ve left. Slow, methodical teams have not fared well this MSI.